January Friday for the Arts!
Event features new art exhibits, music, food and more
Walking through the streets of downtown Petersburg in January, viewing new art exhibits and listening to a variety of music is a cool way to spend a Friday night in the city.
On Friday, Petersburg will present its January 2017 Friday for the Arts! The celebration will offer music, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, refreshments, new wines, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least 10 performing arts venues, and there will be exhibits at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Old Towne Studio 7, the Bistro at Market and Grove, and the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL).
PAAL will feature two local artists, Ivan Perkinson and Paul Penrod in the Main Gallery this month. In the Members’ Gallery, Disputanta resident, Sharon Denmark, will display her acrylic on canvas works.
Perkinson, often referred to as “the artist from Matoaca” features watercolors created over the past 25 years, since his first art lesson at the age of 46. Many of them depict local scenes, buildings and churches in and around the Village of Matoaca. Of his artwork, 161 original paintings have been made into prints and cards.
Sharing the Main Gallery with Perkinson is Petersburg resident, Paul Penrod, whose drawings combine his two passions of art and history.All of Penrod’s drawings tell a story from history.
Denmark entitles her show, “Wavelengths.” Her exhibit in the Members’ Gallery includes about 20 pieces of acrylic on canvas with an emphasis on the natural world and the interplay of light and color.
PAAL’s January exhibit runs through Sunday, Feb. 5. PAAL’s Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. Call 804-8614611 for more information or visit www.paalart.org . PAAL is located at 7 East Old Street in Petersburg.
The Ward, 132 N Sycamore St., features shows by Joey Northrop and a demonstration exhibit of popotilla art by Marting Gonzalez, and continues no fewer than 10 other gallery exhibits, as well as at least 25 resident studio artists.
In addition, exhibits of work by Joey Northrop will be on display at Andrade’s; an exhibit of new work by Pat Harvey and Millie Youngblood Horner will continue at The Bistro; a retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques; and an exhibit of abstractions by Erin Copeland will be on display at the Old Towne Studio 7.
Solo singer/guitarist Jocelyn Oldham will be performing throughout the evening at The Ward. Flutist Iris Schwartz will be performing at PAAL. Other entertainers at various spots around town include: the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis at Tramonto Ristorante, Matt Via & The Dirty Runaways at Old Towne’s Alibi, Bobby Horne at Adelaids, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, Todd Tipton & Nathan Via at Old Towne Studio 7, Rick Elliott in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Fish Out of Water in the Music Room at Wabi.
Music can be heard from 6 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.All are welcome at the city’s monthly celebration of the arts.
This piece is part of an exhibit by Petersburg resident Paul Penrod that will be on display at the Petersburg Area Art League during Friday for the Arts. Penrod’s drawings combine his two passions of art and history.
Solo singer/guitarist Jocelyn Oldham will be performing throughout the evening Friday at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art as part of Petersburg’s Friday for the Arts!